Football writer Nick Ames of The Guardian enthused about the progress of Luxembourg football in a recent column for the paper.
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Success for the national team and F91 Dudelange’s historical Europa League progress has made the football world sit up and take notice.
Luxembourg’s national football team continues to make waves as the Red Lions sit atop their Nations League group. Following Saturday’s 4-0 win over Moldova, The Guardian dedicated an entire column by the excellent Nick Ames to the fortunes of Luxembourg football and the way that Paul Philipp, head of the football federation and a legend as national team coach between 1985 and 2001, has transformed the national team set up.
Even in the USA the exploits of the national team have not gone unnoticed thanks to the opening goal on Tuesday evening by New York City FC’s Maxime Chanot. New York City FC fansite Hudson River Blue, which has a video of Chanot’s goal, said the victory was “pretty frickin’ lit”.
With striker Aurélien Joachim in good form and Dudelange’s rising star, 21-year old Danel Sinani scoring his second goal for the national team in successive matches, things do look promising. Victory over San Marino may have been expected--they are ranked 203 by Fifa compared to Luxembourg’s ranking of 119 (which will surely rise over the next month). But the manner of the win and the momentum it gives the team are invaluable ahead of the next match against Belarus in Minsk on 12 October.